Understanding the CloudPublish process
CloudPublish receives PDFs and metadata (XML), and outputs eBooks, eJournals, and eChapters in several forms:
- Online, via the CloudPublish eReader (technically, in the form of SVG graphics and plain text)
- Downloadable, as a DRM-protected PDF. Two types of DRM are available, known as "hard" and "soft".
You can monitor the conversion process by visiting the CloudPublish adminitration system, at http://admin.cloudpublish.co.uk. This website has several other tools that allow you to do things with your eBooks once they are processed:
- Search your catalogue
- Manage eBooks and other resources (e.g. change availability, view usage statistics)
- Create and manage Collections
- Download data relating to your catalogue (e.g. usage, metadata)
- Create and manage customer orders
- View transaction reports (a transaction is created when an order becomes a subscription)
- View customer subscriptions
- View and edit various CloudPublish settings
- Access an API test tool
- Download example API integration code
- Create and manage your CloudPublish administration users (only available to users with escalated privileges)
The list above refers to the CloudPublish API. This is used to tie together your website and any HTTP-comapatible back-end systems with CloudPublish. Many tasks are only possible via the API - for example, creating subscriptions directly.
It should also be noted that the only way to modify eBook (and eJournal, etc.) metadata - including pricing information - is via XML messages. You simply upload messages to modify the catalogue in the same way as you would do for a new addition, and likewise for replacement PDF files. CloudPublish will automatically apply an update to a matching existing resource instead of creating a new resource.
Once PDFs are processed and resources are available, you will need to create subscriptions. This is normally initiated from your own, existing back-end systems which talk to CloudPublish via the API. You can create a subscription to a single resource or to an entire Collection of resources. In addition, a subscription to an eJournal will enable access to all eJournal issues and eJournal articles that are linked to that eJournal. You can however create subscriptions down to the eChapter or eJournal article / issue level.
Subscriptions can be open-ended (no end-date, as for an outright purchase) or with a fixed end-date. This is not quite the same as offering loans, which can be made available for very short periods, but only by using "hard DRM" (via Adobe Digital Editions).
It is important to note that CloudPublish does not hold customer data, which we expect you to already keep in your back-end systems. Your customers are identified within CloudPublish by a single reference ("customer_ref"). Other than this reference, we do not hold any customer data (names, addresses, financial information, etc.). This customer reference can refer to a single user, or to a whole organisation - that is up to you.